Agree about the off taste
I totally agree that there is an off-taste when food is cooked in a crockpot. I've mentioned this before, and I'm surprised that some don't taste it. It's not soap or plastic, and it's not a burnt taste. I think it has something to do with the proteins in the meat and overcooking... maybe?? I don't know, but when I cook chili, spaghetti sauce, or anything like that, it gets that weird taste. I do not get that off taste when I cook something for a long time on the stovetop or in the oven. Needless to say, I'm not a big fan of crockpot cooking.